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New Attorney General Loretta Lynch's former colleagues say she was a strong relationship-builder during her time as a U.S. attorney. (Credit: Flickr/US-Mission)

Lynch’s Skills Could Help Mend DOJ Rift With Lawmakers

Incoming U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is unlikely to make radical changes to the Justice Department's focus on issues such as cyber- and financial crime, but her strong relationship-building skills could still help mend a rift between Congress and the DOJ, former colleagues say.

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    Chesapeake Energy Corp. will pay $25 million to settle allegations that it conspired to rig bids for publicly held Michigan oil and gas leases, state officials said Friday, while federal authorities are investigating Chesapeake’s ex-CEO for possible antitrust violations.

  • Wal-Mart, Others Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., JCPenney Corp. Inc. and The Children’s Place Inc. were hit with a proposed class action on Thursday in Washington, D.C., federal court alleging that they were partially responsible for a Bangladesh clothing factory collapse two years ago that killed more than 1,000 workers.

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  • Calif. Justices Won't Take On Firms' San Francisco Tax Fight

    The California Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to a wave of law firms challenging San Francisco's voter-approved tax on partnership profit distributions, saying it would not review the dismissal of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP's closely watched lawsuit seeking tax refunds.

  • USPTO Hit With Class Action Over Nebulous SAWS Program

    An inventor sued the government Friday over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's controversial and recently shuttered “sensitive” patent applications program, which he says delayed patent applications and saddled filers with excessive costs, in a proposed class action in the Court of Federal Claims.